Most things have been fine in terms of being reasonably healthy. Our trees are really just starting to bear fruit, so it’s a little early to say for that part. But here’s a quick rundown - keep in mind that this info is based on a fairly short period of time, a fairly small number of trees, and a scant handful of fruit:
Trees that have borne fruit
Adams Pearmain This was one of our first trees to fruit, and one of my favorites of the apples we’ve grown so far. Rich, sweet-tart, a bit of orange to the flavor. Not the strongest grower but healthy enough overall. Trains well to espalier.
Hunt Russet Similar flavor to AP but a little more to the tart side (maybe tangerine as opposed to orange). Stronger grower but not as easy to train and not as quick to fruit.
Black Oxford Similar flavor to AP and HR, but maybe a little tarter and definitely harder. Still nice eating, though. Should note that these three are all known as keepers and I was eating them fresh off the tree because we only got a couple of fruit, so they might well be better after a bit of storage. Black Oxford has been a bit slower to fruit. Easy to grow but harder to train for espalier - seems like it really wants to develop a central leader.
Gray Pearmain And just a little tarter still - kind of lemony. Too tart for my wife’s taste, but I enjoyed it. May have been a bit underripe. Pretty good for growing and training.
Mother Distinctive though kind of understated flavor, and quite variable as its known to be. The one very good one we got had a really nice vanilla taste to it, and a curiously refreshing quality - feels kind of cool in your mouth. The other was pleasant enough but not very memorable. Pretty easy to grow and train but blooms very late for us - still a stray bloom on it now. Might not be the best for a more FB-prone location.
Kidd’s Orange Red (I think) Not as highly flavored but still very pleasant eating, large attractive fruit. Pretty easy to grow and train but tends to brush out if dormant pruned too hard.
Hubbardston Nonesuch (I think) Pleasant eating, not super distinctive but very nice apple-that-tastes-like-apple. I kind of botched the grafting job on this one and it’s been slow/weak to grow, but quick to bear fruit.
Not Pomme Gris Not sure what this is, but I’m happy to have it. It’s been super easy to grow and train and the one apple we got last year was very enjoyable: crisp, snow-white flesh and straight-up-apple taste. Will hopefully get an idea for ID the next time it fruits (no fruit this year).
Hoople’s Antique Gold Easy to grow and train and blossoms profusely. First year of fruit was not especially good, but (a) it was the first year and (b) I probably picked it a little too early as squirrels were getting at it. Hoping the fruit is better this year but planning to keep it as an easy grower and good pollinator in any case.
Pitmaston Pineapple Very easy to grow and train, but the first year’s fruit was disappointing. Just kind of blah. Hoping it will improve (and maybe I need to get a better sense of when to pick).
Fall Russet One of our strongest growers. Kind of stuck in a corner where I tend to forget about it. Last year was the first year it bore fruit, and I picked it way too early because the birds were getting at it.
Reine des Reinettes If that’s what it is? Easy to grow and train, but the first year of apples were heavily watercored and not great in terms of texture or taste. No fruit last year, but bearing again this year, so we’ll see what we get.
Bearing for the first time this year
Orleans Reinette Easy to grow and train. Pretty close to ideal for espalier. Have not had fruit from our own tree, but this is one of my favorites out of the antique apples that we’ve bought, so looking forward to getting a taste of it this year.
Roxbury Russet Kind of a wonky grower, slow to get going and somewhat lopsided. One of our two trees had some blossoms get fried by FB, but I think there’s still some fruit out there. One of my wife’s favorites out of the apples we’ve bought.
Wheeler’s Golden Russet (Different from Wheeler’s Russet of the UK - this is apparently a sport of Golden Russet that was found in our part of Western MA in the 1970s.) One of our stronger-growing trees though seems to be a bit unbalanced.
Blue Pearmain I think this may have had an apple or two last year, but if it did the squirrels got them. Pretty strong but slightly wonky grower.
Edward VII Moderately vigorous and reasonably trainable so far.
Old Nonpareil Had a rough start (not the best grafting job by me) but seems to be coming along now. Unusually pretty blossoms and seems to be a willing, possibly overenthusiastic, bearer.
Been growing a while but no fruit yet
Westfield Seek No Further Not too hard to grow, tends to be kind of twiggy.
Belle de Boskoop Very easy to grow. A big boy.
Bramley Also very easy to grow, but a bit wilder to train. Very big boy.
More recently grafted
St. Edmund’s Pippin
Grafted this year
King of Tompkins County
Court of Wick
Second tree of KOR
I feel like there’s one more that’s slipping my mind?